"The Man With the Automatic Brain!": A villain called The Thinker has created a machine that allows him to deduce the truth behind the most obscure mysteries and he pretends to use it to learn the secret identity of Batman. To prevent the criminal from achieving succe
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Appearing in "The Man With the Automatic Brain!"
- Thinker (Single appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Joe Mulligan (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Man With the Automatic Brain!"
A villain called The Thinker has created a machine that allows him to deduce the truth behind the most obscure mysteries and he pretends to use it to learn the secret identity of Batman. To prevent the criminal from achieving success, Bruce stages his death with Alfred's help, but unfortunately Vicki Vale takes a picture of Alfred tossing a dummy of Bruce into the ocean, and the butler is taken to prison for the murder of Wayne.
Batman contacts Alfred from outside, and learns that The Thinker is planning a jailbreak to free some of his thugs. Alfred is unfortunately carried along with the fugitives, and they take him to the Thinker's hideout, where Alfred manages to tamper the deducting machine. As a result, when the machine provides an answer for Batman's identity, it states that Alfred is Batman. At that moment, the real Batman and Robin appear on the place and the final battle takes place on a Giant Typewriter, where the Dynamic Duo defeat the criminals and destroy the machines.
Afterwards, Bruce Wayne makes a comeback, clearing Alfred's name.
Appearing in "Batman and the Vikings!"
- Skrellings (Indians)*(See Notes)
- Olaf Erickson (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Batman and the Vikings!"
On a visit to the Museum, Bruce and Dick recognize Bruce's face on an old Viking stone, and to solve the mystery they ask Professor Nichols to send them back in time to the era of the Vikings. In the past, Batman and Robin learn that the man who resembles Bruce is called Olaf Erickson and that he is considered a coward among his peers. Batman and Olaf switch places and the Vikings reckon Olaf as a great warrior.
When Bruce and Dick return to the present, they are able to find a missing archaeological piece from the stone, which completes a message in honor of Erickson.
Appearing in "The Happy Victims!"
- Gotham City Police Department
- Mrs. Carlin (Single appearance)
- Mr. Stark (Single appearance)
- Nick Weston (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Happy Victims!"
The Joker starts blackmailing people into setting up fake "funny robberies" where he really robs the person, with the promise of giving them double of what was taken, but scams them by giving them worthless objects. The funny robberies stop when Joker tries to blackmail Bruce Wayne into allowing him to steal a valuable piece of art, after which he is captured by Batman and Robin.
- The first story features the second villain called "The Thinker" in the Batman mythos. The first one appeared in Detective Comics #125.
- In the second story, Native Americans are referred to as Indians.
- The third story, "The Happy Victims" is The Joker's 41st appearance.
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